Seeking a fresh approach to weight loss? Then you came to the right place.
People often fail at losing weight because they don’t know the essential components of it. To help you shed some fat, we’ve put together this pyramid featuring the 5 key elements of weight loss. Not only will this pyramid teach you how to finally NOT SUCK at burning fat but it’ll also help you maintain your weight. The secret? You simply have to include all these components in your lifestyle, and you are guaranteed to succeed!
Because, let’s face it, simply going to the gym isn’t going to cut it. Neither will just a diet. Yes, of course, you will lose weight but definitely not as much as you COULD. So, here we present you the 5 essential components of successful weight loss:
1. Proper nutrition
Nutrition is the most important part weight loss. All of your food choices today will affect your weight in the future. Therefore, it is very important to have everything under control. Be sure to avoid certain foods like sugar, fast food, and soft drinks, eat fiber-rich foods, give your body the right proportion of each macronutrient (carbs, fats, and protein), drink plenty of water – and you’ll be on your way to fit body!
2. Daily activity
Once you’ve got your nutrition under control, you have to make sure you’re active enough, especially if you work a 9-5 office job. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, do some more walking than usual. Instead of Netflix and chill, try to spend your free time in a more active way. If you’re overweight, you’ll most likely have to change your overall daily habits.
3. Aerobic exercise
Aerobic exercise, aka cardio, is the next most important part of your weight loss journey. Think of a calorie deficit as an energy deficit. If you’re already in a calorie deficit, cardio will burn your calories by drawing energy from carbs, fat and protein. If done in a particular way, time, and intensity, you can burn mainly fat. We’ll talk about this more in an individual blog post! Aerobic exercises include low-intensity cardio (yes, walking burns more fat, and, in fact, more effectively than running), HIIT, interval training, and more.
4. Strength training
While you’re losing fat, strength training is important because it helps maintain your muscle mass and speeds up your metabolism. If you don’t strength train when losing weight, you could be burning not only your fat but your muscles too. And we don’t want that because without muscles your body isn’t toned and even with a small body fat percentage you could look “squishy”. But strength training has benefits that go way beyond your toned appearance…Improved posture, balance, mobility, decreased risk of injury, better sleep… To name a few. We’ll be talking more about the benefits in an individual blog post.
Rest plays an important role in not only your weight loss journey but your overall health as well. It helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry, it affects how your body reacts to insulin (a hormone that lowers the level of glucose in your blood), and your immune system relies on it – to name a few. Not to mention your muscles – they need time to recover from training.
And there you have it – the 5 essential components of successful weight loss. Remember them, include them in your lifestyle, and keep moving forward!
Not enough information?
Feel like you’re still missing information on how to lose weight? Then keep on checking in on Fitty Foodies – we’re currently working on covering all the topics mentioned above. Expect posts about every topic from macro nutrients to HIIT training to what time is best for cardio. Seriously, individual posts about EVERY single topic are coming soon! Comment and let us know which topics you want to learn about first 🙂